China, May 2004

    I took a three-week trip to China in May 2004, my third and last of the winter/spring. This one focused on Guangzhou and Guiyang, two cities in the south. I entered and left through Beijing. I took digital pictures with my Canon EOS 10D and its three zoom lenses, 1635 mm (effective focal length of 2550 mm), 2470 mm (effective 40110 mm), and 28105 mm (effective 45170 mm).
    Viewers should feel free to use these pictures for any purpose. I ask only that you let me know that you are copying them, mostly to satisfy my curiosity as to who is interested and why.
    I shot at ISO 100 and 200 outdoors, and 4001600 inside and at night. I used no flash on this trip.

How best to view these photos
    It is extremely important to view these photos properly in order to get the most from them. They are 1024x682 pixels, which means that they need to be viewed on a monitor that is set to at least 1024 pixels wide. The standard setting of 1024x768 will be fine, as will the next-higher setting, 1152x870. In either case, I strongly recommend viewing them in the Web browser's full-screen mode. For Internet Explorer, this requires three short steps:
    (1) Go to one of the introductory pages or a page of photos.
    (2) Remove any frames on the left, such as Favorites.
    (3) Go to full-screen mode, either by View/Full Screen or by hitting F11.
After taking these steps, turn down the lights in your viewing room and sit close to the screen. The goal is to try to match the angle subtended by your screen with the angle of view in the original picture, which in most cases is very wide. So sit as close to the screen as you can focus your eyes. After you take these steps, the pictures will suddenly become three-dimensional and extremely lifelike. You will be "in" the scenes.

Guangzhou, 818 May 2004
Guiyang, 1827 May 2004
Beijing, 2729 May 2004

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